The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Exclusive Tour “Passion for Perfection: The Straus Collection of Renaissance Art”

Monday, Feb. 19, 2018 – Monday, Feb. 19, 2018

06:30 PM – 07:30 PM


• $55 Museum members
• $65 Nonmembers
Secure your spot in advance! Get tickets below.

Presented by Helga K. Aurisch, curator, European art

When Edith and Percy Straus gave their remarkable collection of European art to the MFAH in 1941, their generous donation of 83 works marked a turning point for the Museum. The gift not only formed the cornerstone of the European art department, but also put the MFAH firmly on the map.

For five years after its acquisition, the Straus Collection was exhibited as a stand-alone display, but afterward the works of art were dispersed throughout the galleries among the Museum’s ever-growing holdings. With the exhibition Passion for Perfection, the Straus Collection objects are finally on view again together—providing a wonderful opportunity to deepen appreciation of the high quality and broad reach of the collection.

In this private tour, curator Helga Aurisch discusses the Straus family, how the Straus Collection was formed and came to the MFAH, key works in the exhibition, and the significant role the collection has played in the growth of the Museum’s holdings of European art.

About Exclusive Tours 
Exclusive Tours offer access to select Museum exhibitions on special Mondays, when the Museum is closed to the public. In these lively, in-depth walking tours, Museum experts share their expansive knowledge about the featured exhibition. After the tour, discuss your experience over a glass of sparkling wine.


  • Tuesday - Wednesday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Thursday, 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
    Friday - Saturday, 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
    Sunday, 12:15 pm - 7:00 pm
    Monday: Closed (Except Monday Holidays). Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
  • General Admission: MFAH Members-FREE Adult-$15 ($14 Online); Senior (65+) $10 ($9 Online); Youth (13-18) $7.50 ($6.50 Online); Child (12 & younger) FREE; Military (ID Required) $10; Student (ID Required) $7.50 Ticketed exhibitions require an additional admission charge. Free Hours: FREE THURSDAY 10 am - 9 pm

Directions & Parking

  • Free Parking
  • Paid Parking
  • Street Parking
  • Make visiting a snap! Enlarge the map to see main-campus parking options, or download the PDF

    Parking update: A new underground parking garage, located on Montrose Boulevard, is now open!

    • The outdoor parking lot on Bissonnet, across from the Law Building, is closed permanently.
    • Parking is available in two garages: an above-ground garage at 1144 Binz Street, and a new underground garage at 5101 Montrose Blvd.
    • Guests with limited mobility: We recommend that you use the covered drop-off lane at the Main Street entrance to the Beck Building, or use wheelchair-accessible parking in the garage at 1144 Binz Street.

    Parking Garage Locations

    • 1144 Binz Street
    • 5101 Montrose Boulevard

    Parking Fees*

    Parking payments may be made only with a major credit card. Also accepted: MasterCard and Visa debit cards.
    MFAH Members Visitors
    0–30 minutes FREE FREE
    31 minutes–4 hours $6 $10
    4–12 hours $10 $18
    12–24 hours $35 $35
    *Parking is free for MFAH visitors who enter the Museum between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Thursdays. General admission to the Museum is free on Thursdays, courtesy of Shell.


    Both parking garages are open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Special Offers / Dining

Paolo Fronza, from Fellini Caffè, runs this sophisticated dining operation. Enjoy an array of Italian-inspired fare with a Texas flair, a European-style coffee bar, a kids menu, and much more at the MFA Café, located on the lower level of the Beck Building.

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